John Kirchhoff 11/25/2013 @ 11:30am
Congratulations on your success. I have a forage based commercial hair sheep operation and I have to chuckle anytime I see a show lamb. Most look like a Dachshund dog with long legs whereas with their large rumens, my sheep look like battleships. I cull out any of those long lean individuals because when they subsist on forage only, those lean ones fall apart in a hurry after lambing or when the pastures dry up. In my operation, it takes an animal with a whopping large rumen to process enough grass hay to feed their lambs. My Katahdins have appetites much like goats. The just love poison ivy, stand on their hind feet to eat tree leaves, will strip bark off of cedar trees and really go to town on the new spring growth on pine trees. They don't eat thistles, but cockleburrs, rose bushes and other weeds are fair game.
Good luck next year.